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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 28

Colorado to play two games in Sweden during 2017-18 campaign

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

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AVS IN SWEDEN: The Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the NHL announced Friday. The Avs and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11.

MacKINNON'S MILESTONE: Nathan MacKinnon reached 200 career points with a pair of assists on Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers. At 21 years, 203 days, MacKinnon became the youngest player in Avalanche history to reach the 200-point mark. He topped the previous record held by Matt Duchene, who was 22 years, 272 days when he picked up his 200th point on Oct. 15, 2013 vs. Dallas. The youngest in franchise history to hit the 200-mark was Joe Sakic (21 years, 148 days). MacKinnon is the second player from the 2013 draft class to reach the 200-point milestone, accomplishing the feat in 11 fewer games than Calgary's Sean Monahan.

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Avalanche Farm Report: March 28

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San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (25-34-5-2) went 1-2 last week, concluding its four-game homestand before heading out to California for a back-to-back. 

San Antonio defeated the Tucson Roadrunners 4-2 on Tuesday at AT&T Center. Troy Bourke stuck first for the Rampage with a short-handed goal in the opening period with help from Jim O'Brien and Duncan Siemens.

The Rampage slipped another puck past Tucson netminder Marek Langhamer to grab a 2-0 lead in the middle frame. O'Brien then lit the lamp off a shot from the top of the faceoff circle. A.J. Greer and Siemens recorded helpers on the markers.

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Andrighetto Leading Avalanche's Offense

The newcomer has nine points in his first 12 games with Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Sven Andrighetto continues to fit quite nicely in the Colorado Avalanche's lineup.

The Swiss-born forward scored both of the Avs' goals in a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night and now has nine points with the club since being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens at the trade deadline on March 1.

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Flames hold on to first wild card in West

Calgary defeats Avalanche, moves within point of second place in Pacific Division

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames held on to the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

Sean Monahan had a goal and three assists, and Micheal Ferland, Troy Brouwer and Johnny Gaudreau scored for Calgary (43-29-4), which stayed two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues for the first wild card. St. Louis won 4-1 against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

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Avs Concluding Season Series At Calgary

by Danielle Bernstein /

A two-game road trip concludes for the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, as it takes on the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Colorado is 0-2-0 against the Flames this season, which includes a 4-1 loss in the last meeting in Calgary on Jan. 4.

The Avs are 54-48-10 all-time against the Flames, which includes a 26-25-4 record on the road in the series. 

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Nathan MacKinnon Q&A

The forward is in his fourth season with the Avalanche

by Nicole Morris /

A version of the following story appeared in the 2016-17 third edition of AVALANCHE, the official game magazine of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. For more feature stories, purchase a copy of the magazine during Avs home games at Pepsi Center. All proceeds from game-magazine sales support youth hockey associations in Colorado.

Nathan MacKinnon was only 17 years old when the Colorado Avalanche picked him No. 1 overall in the 2013 NHL Draft.

The forward entered the NHL straight from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he totaled 75 points (32 goals and 43 assists) in only 45 games during the 2012-13 campaign while playing for his hometown Halifax Mooseheads.

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Third-Period Struggles Continue In Edmonton

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto has been a bright spot for the club since he was acquired on March 1 as part of a trade-deadline deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

During a stretch where scoring has been hard to come by for many on Colorado's roster, the longest Andrighetto has been held off the scoresheet is just two consecutive games.

He continued his offensive output on Saturday night, as he was the only Avalanche player to find netting in the team's 4-1 loss at the Edmonton Oilers, potting his fourth point (two goals, two assists) in his previous five contests.

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Oilers win, create three-way tie for first in Pacific

Defeat Avalanche to sweep home-and-home set

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers forced a three-way tie for first place in the Pacific Division with a 4-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Place on Saturday.

The Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks each have 91 points, three more than the fourth-place Calgary Flames atop the division.

Benoit Pouliot, Leon Draisaitl, Drake Caggiula and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton (41-25-9), and Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves in his first start since Feb. 21.

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Avalanche Conclude Season Series vs. Oilers

Colorado and Edmonton meet for the second time in four days

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

The Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers wrap up a three-game season series on Saturday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton. It's the second half of a home-and-home set between the two teams, who met in Denver on Thursday at Pepsi Center. The Oilers came from behind to win 7-4 in the first half of the series.

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Avs Look To Build On The Good Things Against Oilers

Colorado and Edmonton meet again on Saturday in Alberta

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

For the most part, the Colorado Avalanche has played some overall solid hockey in its past five games. Yes, those contests haven't all ended in wins, but head coach Jared Bednar has seen plenty of things that he's liked from his squad.

"A large portion of those games, we've played some of our best hockey of the year," Bednar said of the club's recent stretch. "The fear of losing a little bit in the third period when something goes wrong for us, the culmination of our mistakes, or just the mistakes we're making, are very costly to us. It's a fine line between winning and losing those games, and we have to keep that in perspective, and we have to try to keep working through that."

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